May 2008 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Torre: Schmidt's Velocity Is Down
Dodgers' Manager Joe Torre believes that pitcher Jason Schmidt's velocity is down after he made his third rehabilitation start on Monday night, according to The Los Angeles Daily News. Torre went on to predict that Schmidt may not regain his normal velocity until sometime next season. "I think we may not get the best of him until next year," Torre said. "(Until then), I think we'll just get what he is." "It's more the quality. It's about movement. Velocity is important, but I think he can still pitch as long as he is capable of throwing 89-90 (mph) and keeping people off balance a little bit."
Jones To Have Knee Surgery
Andruw Jones will have knee surgery and will miss four to six weeks of action for the Dodgers, according to The Los Angeles Times. He has struggled mightily this season after signing a $36 million deal with the team last offseason. "Hopefully it will not only help him physically, but hopefully it will help his game," said GM Ned Colletti, who added that the team wasn't aware Jones had a damaged knee until last weekend. "Obviously through seven weeks it's been disappointing for him, for everybody involved." "I don't make excuses," Jones said Friday. "I never thought it was going to be a big issue. But it got my attention this past week."
Dodgers Expected To Call Up Kershaw
The Dodgers are expected to call up top pitching prospect Clayton Kershaw this weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times. The left-hander could make his first major league start against St. Louis at home on Sunday. He is currently pitching in Class AA Jacksonville, but an unnamed source confirmed the move will be made on Saturday. Kershaw was a first-round pick of the Dodgers two years ago.
Andruw Jones Hopes To Avoid Surgery
Dodgers outfielder Andruw Jones is hoping to avoid surgery on his troublesome right knee, according to The Los Angeles Times. He revealed that his swollen knee felt "much better" on Tuesday and that he remained hopeful that he could avoid surgery to repair torn cartilage and remove a cyst. The procedure would sideline him for four-to-six weeks. "I had it for a little while, really," Jones said, though he refused to specify when his knee started to bother him.
Piazza Announces Retirement
Mike Piazza is retiring following a 16-year career in which he became one of the top-hitting catchers in MLB history, as reported by the Associated Press. ?After discussing my options with my wife, family and agent, I felt it is time to start a new chapter in my life,? he said in a statement released Tuesday by his agent, Dan Lozano. ?It has been an amazing journey ? So today, I walk away with no regrets. ?I knew this day was coming and over the last two years. I started to make my peace with it. I gave it my all and left everything on the field.?
Dodgers' Jones Has Torn Cartilage In Knee
Andruw Jones has torn cartilage in his right knee, according to the results of an MRI that were disclosed to The Los Angeles Times. Jones revealed that if the swelling, stemming from a buildup of fluid, doesn't subside by the end of the week that he will undergo surgery. "Hopefully, I can do it in the off-season," he said of the possible surgery. The procedure would sideline him for four to five weeks.
Dodgers Sign Bellhorn To Minor League Deal
The Dodgers recently signed Mark Bellhorn, a 10-year journeyman, to a minor league contract. The 33-year-old infielder debuted at Class AA Jacksonville Thursday.
Dodgers Place Furcal On 15-Day DL
The Dodgers placed Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his lower back, according to a report on MLB.com Monday.
Torre Hopes Furcal Can Return Tuesday
Dodgers' Manager Joe Torre hopes that shortstop Rafael Furcal, who has been sidelined for five-straight games with lower back issues, will return to the field on Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. The Dodgers will play against the Brewers on Tuesday, but the shortstop doesn't seem as optimistic as his manager. "We have to wait and see how it feels," Furcal told the Los Angeles Times. "This is the type of thing where it feels fine one day, and it doesn't the next." Los Angeles has lost four-straight games with Furcal out of the lineup.
Furcal Up To 4th In New Player Rankings
At RealGM, we use the Field Impact Counter (FIC) to objectively measure how effective players are performing and then use the Reina Value to evaluate their financial worth. The player with the highest FIC for the season, therefore, ?deserves? the highest salary, which is Alex Rodriguez?s $28 million contract for 2008. Because Ben Sheets is currently the leader, he ?deserves? $28 million, and since he is ?actually? making $12.125 million, the difference is 131% and that becomes his Reina Value. Click here for more information about the Field Impact Counter and the Reina Value. Each player?s season FIC is listed below with his Reina Value percentage in parenthesis. 1. Chase Utley, PHI: 90 (+260%) Utley is a relative bargain given his incredibly consistent superstar level of production, making $7.79 million but ?deserving? Alex Rodriguez?s $28 million 2008 salary. 2. Lance Berkman, HOU: 89 (+62%) Berkman has a 1.415 OPS at Minute Maid Park and .845 on the road. 3. Albert Pujols, STL: 87 (+56%) Pujols leads the NL in OBP (.514), but is 15th in homers (6). 4. Rafael Furcal, LAD: 78 (+20%) With 12 doubles, five homers and two triples, Furcal has a .597 slugging percentage, which is obscenely higher than his .355 last season, as well as his previous career high of .445 in 2006. He also has a .448 OBP, which is almost 100 points higher than his career mark of .352. 5. Chipper Jones, ATL: 78 (+51%) Jones easily leads the MLB in batting at .425 and also has nine homers (eight have been from the left side of the plate). He was hitting .301 through this date last season. 6. Ervin Santana, LAA: 77 (+3,972%) Opposing hitters have an OPS of just .529 against Santana. 7. Nate McLouth, PIT: 76 (+3,892%) McLouth has a .327 BABIP and is hitting .417/.533/.833 with runners in scoring position. 8. Brandon Webb, ARI: 70 (+202%) Webb has on each of his seven starts including Saturday?s against the Mets in which he gave up four earned runs and struck out just three, but the D-Backs put up 10 runs. 9. Derrek Lee, CHC: 70 (+25%) Lee is quickly dropping down the rankings while he hits for a .462 OPS so far in May. 10. Pat Burrell, PHI: 69 (+12%) Not just producing at Citizen?s Bank Park, Burrell has a 1.264 OPS and five of his nine homers on the road. 11. Conor Jackson, ARI: 68 (+3,714%) For his career, Jackson has a .788 OPS against right-handed pitchers, but is hitting .953 so far this season. 12. Cliff Lee, CLE: 66 (+300%) Lee easily leads the MLB in ERA (0.96), as well as K/BB (16.0). 13. Jake Peavy, SDP: 63 (+146%) Peavy?s ERA is at 2.22, but his home/away split is 0.87/4.59. 14. Chien-Ming Wang, NYY: 62 (+299%) Wang continues his career best 6.40 K/9 rate while posting a 1.92 groundball/flyball ratio. 15. Joe Saunders, LAA: 62 (+3,610%) Saunders won his first start in May despite giving up four earned runs and 12 hits in five innings of work. 16. Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: 61 (+3,774%) Ellsbury is 11-for-11 stealing bases while getting on base nearly 40% of the time. 17. Ben Sheets, MIL: 61 (+29%) Sheets has a 1.54 ERA when facing a lineup for the third time. 18. Jonathan Papelbon, BOS: 60 (+1,900%) Papelbon has an 11.57 K/9 rate and ten saves. He has a .353 OPS against at Fenway and .685 on the road. 19. Carlos Quentin, CWS: 60 (+3,775%) Chris Carter, who Arizona acquired for Quentin (and later flipped for Dan Haren), is currently hitting .268/.384/.598 with ten homers in high Single-A. 20. Miguel Tejada, HOUS: 59 (+5%) Tejada?s BABIP has climbed from .304 last season to .368 in 2008, but his OPS is 388 points lower on the road. 21. Kevin Youkilis, BOS: 58 (+408%) Youkilis has always been known for his patience at the plate, but he is seeing fewer pitcher per plate appearance than ever before (3.82 to 4.35 career average), but at the same time his BB/SO rate is 1.27, which is above his career mark of 0.77. 22. Carlos Zambrano, CHC: 57 (-5%) Zambrano?s K/BB has improved from 1.75 to 3.18, but his K/9 rate has decreased from 7.36 to 6.70. 23. Roy Halladay, TOR: 57 (+51%) Halladay has a 1.13 ERA while striking out 13 and walking just one in his past two starts. 24. Aaron Cook, COL: 57 (+193%) Somehow Cook has a .488 OPS against at Coors Field and just .784 on the road. 25. Tim Lincecum, SFG: 57 (+3,557%) Lincecum has a 9.57 K/9 rate while his teammate Jonathan Sanchez is at 10.69. 26. Tim Hudson, ATL: 56 (-5%) Hudson is coming off a 2-0 complete game shutout against the Reds in which he struck out 10, walked none and gave up just three hits. 27. Daisuke Matsuzaka, BOS: 56 (+74%) The Red Sox have given Dice-K an average run support of 6.86, but opposing hitters have a BAPIP of .176, which is fourth in the MLB. 28. Johan Santana, NYM: 55 (-15%) Santana?s K/BB rate has decreased from 5.21 in 06, 4.52 last year to 3.92 this season. 29. Johnny Damon, NYY: 55 (+10%) Like he did so well in Boston, Damon is hitting more line drives and fly balls and has a .330 BABIP. 30. Xavier Nady, PIT: 55 (+318%) Nady is hitting .450/.593/.600 through his last 20 at bats. - Christopher Reina is the executive editor of RealGM and the creator of the Reina Value.
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Torre Claims He'll Stick With Andruw
Dodgers manager Joe Torre claims that he is going to stick with struggling centerfielder Andruw Jones despite his month-long slump.
Rockies Place Tulowitzki On DL; Recall De La Rosa From Triple-A
LHP Jorge De La Rosa was recalled by the Rockies from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Dodgers' Pierre Hasn't Accepted His New Role
Dodgers' outfielder Juan Pierre hasn't accepted his new role as a bench player with the team.
Former Dodgers GM Buzzie Bavasi Dies At 93
Former Dodgers' GM Bussie Bavasi died Thursday at his home in the La Jolla area of San Diego at the age of 93.